GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump gave another major policy-focused speech yesterday, this time on “how to make America safe again” — largely centered around how a President Trump will fight back the growing threat of terrorism.The candidate is, once again, getting high marks for the speech, as he did on last week’s speech on the economy. “Presidential” is a word observers are using to describe the speech. Newt Gingrich called it “historic,” and even conservative icon Mark Levin — not known to be a huge Trump supporter — lauded the speech, noting, “These are really good things he’s saying!”
You can watch the full speech here, in case you missed it:
One line in particular from the speech is garnering a lot of “Amens!” from America-loving Americans. Speaking about the problem of radical Islam taking root within our own homeland, Trump noted:
“The common thread linking the major Islamic terrorist attacks that have recently occurred on our soil – 9/11, the Ft. Hood shooting, the Boston Bombing, the San Bernardino attack, the Orlando attack – is that they have involved immigrants or the children of immigrants,” Trump said.And it all came down to adequate vetting of immigrants and refugees.
And the money line:
“A Trump Administration will establish a clear principle that will govern all decisions pertaining to immigration. We should only admit into this country those who share our values and respect our people.”
Social media seized on this line:
@FoxNews @realDonaldTrump AMEN, Mr. #Trump!
— Freedom☆Wins (@ChooseToBFree) August 16, 2016
— Lady Patriot (@lynn_weiser) August 16, 2016
— Sharon Stull (@SharonStull) August 16, 2016
— Mike Barberree (@BarberreeMike) August 16, 2016
— Joshua (@woodardjba) August 16, 2016
— VoteTrump (@Wenmay316) August 16, 2016
Of course, liberals are seizing on this as just another example of Trump’s “bigotry.” So, according to liberals, it is a hateful thing to protect our nation against those who wish to come here, not to join our nation, but rather to undermine it? For example, those who wish to supersede our nation’s rule of law — the Constitution — with Sharia Law, one that conflicts with many of our values, including the equal treatment of women and LGTBQ individuals? Or, even worse, those who are openly bigoted against those who do not share their particular religious views — who wish to kill the “infidels” for not abiding by their own religious beliefs? Who are the real bigots in this scenario?
Since when do the rights of Americans fall below the rights of those who wish to come here — even those whose wish to come here has nothing to do with embracing the greatness that is the United States of America?
While Trump’s plan may have its challenges in practice — e.g., any sort of “test” is susceptible to lying by the person taking it — his intent, to protect the foundational American values that make it a “shining city on a hill” seems to be striking a chord with many Americans.
What say y’all?
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]